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Betsy Markey

Betsy Markey's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Betsy Markey
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Jim; 3 Children: Katie, Erin, Al
Birth Date: 04/27/1956
Birth Place: Cresskill, NJ
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Betsy Markey refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

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  • Betsy Markey. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: Betsy Markey voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Betsy Markey supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Betsy Markey supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 25 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 27 September 2010. Planned Parenthood endorsed Betsy Markey in the 2010 General Election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Betsy Markey supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 19 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betsy Markey. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Betsy Markey voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • M.E. Sprengelmeyer. 2010. Rocky Mountain News: Potential challengers already lining up in 4th District. 24 February 2009. "'Well, I think people will be looking at that, but at this point, I'm really not taking that into consideration. I'm just trying to do my job,' Markey said in a phone interview last week, while she was barnstorming through southeastern Colorado to explain the legislation to local, county and school district officials. 'The vast majority of them are Republican. This is a conservative district,' Markey said of the far-flung 4th District. 'But they know help is needed, that we cannot just allow (ourselves) to do nothing. That is reckless behavior if we would just let the economy continue in a downward spiral. I mean, I think that is a fiscally irresponsible thing to do. The government needs to take action. This is bold action. I think we are in a situation where the cost of doing nothing is huge.'" (www.rockymountainnews.com)
  • Betsy Markey. Applauding Congress For Its Passage Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act. 15 September 2009. "Ms. MARKEY of Colorado. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to applaud the critical actions taken by this Congress to create jobs, to cut taxes, and to invest in America's long-term economic growth by passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. With the goal of creating and saving jobs, rushing relief to America's businesses and families and pulling our country back from the brink of catastrophe, the Recovery Act was signed into law by President Obama in my home State of Colorado." (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. House Passes Economic Recovery Plan. 30 January 2009. "Today Congresswoman Betsy Markey voted to pass H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The plan will create and save an estimated 3 to 4 million jobs nationwide, cut individual and business taxes, invest quickly in transportation and infrastructure and help rebuild our economy for long-term growth. 'Our economy is in crisis,' said Rep. Markey. 'In Colorado, unemployment is at 6.1% and is expected to rise. Local bridges and highways are falling into disrepair because of a lack of funding. Schools are unable to modernize their facilities and many will soon be forced to lay off teachers. Americans are struggling to make ends meet. We know it will take time to turn this economy around, but experts across the political spectrum agree that inaction will cause catastrophic damage to our country. This economic recovery plan will save or create an estimated 70,000 Colorado jobs by the end of 2010 and reduce the unemployment rate by roughly 2%. The Make Work Pay tax credit will benefit more than 1.7 million Coloradans. In the 4th Congressional District, schools will benefit from nearly $60 million in much-needed assistance. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will save and create jobs, rush tax relief to millions of Americans, and make long-term investments in our economic future.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Giving Small Businesses the Tools they Need to Succeed. "As a former small business owner, I know firsthand the challenges facing American companies in a tough economy. Small businesses are the backbone of America's economy and so many of them have been hamstrung by today's economic crisis. The small businesses that are critical to rebuilding and re-growing our economy are the ones that are hurting most. In Congress, I have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ease some of these burdens and let small businesses do what they do best: pull themselves up without a handout or bailout." (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Economic Growth and Fiscal Discipline. "I'm a former small business owner. Running businesses is what I've spent most of my life doing, and it's how I've helped provide for my family. After watching our country's economy be driven into the ground by politicians in Washington, I decided that enough was enough. I came to Congress to bring business sense back to our government, to work to get our economy back on track, and our fiscal house back in order. In tackling the worst recession since the Great Depression, we have taken bold steps to create and save jobs, rebuild and re-grow our economy, and we have a lot more work to do. [...]" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betsy Markey. Reject Proposals to Privatize Social Security or Medicare. 20 July 2010. "Ms. MARKEY of Colorado. Mr. Speaker, as we debate ways to tackle our growing deficit and create jobs, I call today on this Congress to reject proposals that would privatize Social Security or Medicare. Colorado seniors rely on Social Security and Medicare; and as we struggle to climb out of a deep recession, the security provided by these programs is more critical than ever. Dismantling Medicare and adding trillions of dollars to the deficit with a risky privatization scheme that gambles seniors' financial security in the stock market is just the wrong way to go. Rolling the dice on the financial security our seniors depend on, in a financial system that recently almost collapsed, is reckless in the extreme and has been roundly rejected by the American people. We can cut waste, fraud, and abuse from Social Security and Medicare without cutting a penny in benefits, and I will fight to protect the promise that we made to America's seniors." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Education. "Six years ago the Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act. While there has been a narrowing of the achievement gap among some groups of students since the Act was implemented, a one size fits all method does not work for an education system as large and as diverse as America's. Schools that improve but do not meet certain levels are punished rather than rewarded for their hard work. It is time to amend No Child Left Behind so that schools are given more flexibility to meet the learning needs of their students. Congress should focus on providing adequate funding and improving accountability measures. There also needs to be an added focus on training and retaining highly qualified teachers in our schools. We can not improve our schools and teach successful students without the hard work of America's teachers." (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Education. "Public education in America is one of our greatest success stories. Our country has made it a priority to invest in our young people and help them become productive members of society, lifelong learners and assets to their communities. My three children received a wonderful education in Colorado's public schools and the opportunities presented to them have helped each grow and reach their goals. We must ensure that all students in this country have access to a high quality education with qualified teachers and the technology needed for success. Today, many schools are struggling to get the support and resources to help them teach the children they serve." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Betsy Markey supported the interests of Environment America 67 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: Betsy Markey voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Renewable Energy. "We have a unique opportunity at this time in our history to change the way we power this country. Colorado is poised to lead this effort. Our state's wind, solar and agricultural energy supplies offer opportunities to create jobs, protect the environment, and decrease our dependence on foreign oil. The nation needs to get serious about global warming and climate change. American support for research in new alternative technology should be one of our highest priorities. Success in developing alternative energies is important not only to the environment, but also to America's security. We must prioritize and support programs to substantially reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming. Much of the carbon emissions are caused by old-style power production and our wasteful consumption habits. We can reverse these trends with cost-effective green building technologies and a national effort to change how we use energy. Each one of us can make a huge impact on our environment by being informed consumers and changing our own consumption habits." (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Energy. "Energy independence and energy security are not Republican issues or Democratic issues, they are American issues. We have a unique opportunity at this time in our history to change the way we power our country and Colorado is poised to become a world leader in this effort. Our state's wind, solar and agricultural energy supplies offer opportunities to create jobs, protect the environment, and break our dangerous dependence on Middle East oil. The future of renewable energy is vital to the future of our national security." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Tomasic. The Colorado Independent: Gutsy Betsy Markey remarkably 'just doing my job. 24 March 2009. "U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey - the unlikely Democratic newbie from Colorado's 4th Congressional District - seems still fresh enough in her politics to actually be acting from conviction. This week she made news for unabashed strong stances on two controversial issues: She defied the president and attorney general by publicly opposing the reintroduction of an assault weapons ban. Then she defied the business lobby and co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)." (coloradoindependent.com)
  • Betsy Markey. Coloradoan - Markey Lauds High Court's Gun Decision. 26 June 2008. "Coloradoan - Markey Lauds High Court's Gun Decision. Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Markey today applauded the Supreme Court's ruling that Americans have a constitutional right under the Second Amendment to own guns for self-defense. 'The Second Amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms and I support the decision by the Supreme Court today to uphold that right by putting an end to D.C.'s gun ban. As a member of Congress, I will work to make sure the rights granted our citizens by the Constitution are upheld.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Betsy Markey supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 67 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: Betsy Markey voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. 2010. The Denver Post: Q&A on health care reform with Colorado's congressional delegation. 9 September 2009. Responded: "I'm still looking at all the potential ramifications of a public option. If the public option is run like a non-profit, and if it is paid for by premiums and not by taxpayer subsidies, then I could support it. It must be self-sustaining and not dependent on government funding, and must only include people who choose to be in that program. I won't support a bill that forces anybody into the public option." to the question: "Do you support health reform legislation that includes a so-called public option? Why or why not?" (www.denverpost.com)
  • Casey, Chris. The Greeley Tribune. Health care Q&A with Betsy Markey. 20 August 2009. "Q: "Where do you stand on a public option insurance plan?" Markey: "If it doesn't cost us a penny. If it's operated like a nonprofit. If it's not getting subsidies from the government. If it's on a level playing field with insurance companies. If people are not forced (into it) by their employer. If they don't want to go to the public option, and they can still choose a private plan. ? If those requirements are met, yes, I support a public option because it does bring some competition into the system." (www.greeleytribune.com)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Healthcare. "As a former Federal employee, I received excellent healthcare benefits. Every American should be able to have the same access to affordable health care that I was privileged to receive. President Nixon first proposed a sweeping national health care plan in the 1960's that fell victim to the groups most entrenched in the medical-industrial complex. The cost of healthcare is crushing our citizens and businesses and weighing down our economy. We need to focus much more on the prevention of diseases. Seventy-five percent of health care costs are attributable to chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma, and cancer. We must reduce the costs and increase American's quality of life through emphasizing disease prevention. Make no mistake: every American in this country has some form of access to health care through our emergency rooms. This is expensive, unsustainable and highly inefficient. We must address how to provide healthcare, particularly preventative health care, to everyone in the most efficient and equitable way. Washington has ignored this problem for too long and it has now reached crisis proportions. It is time to make America more healthy and make affordable healthcare a national priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Health Care Reform In America. 25 March 2010. "Ms. MARKEY of Colorado. Mr. Speaker, I stand here today proud of the accomplishment of this House in finally passing health care reform. This legislation was the culmination of decades of work to bring some sanity to our health care system. Now Americans with preexisting conditions will no longer be pushed aside by insurance companies. No insurance company will be able to tell a parent that their newborn's weight is a preexisting condition. In my district, in 2008, 1,400 families filed for bankruptcy from health care costs, putting their lives, their homes, and everything at risk because of health care costs. This bill will protect them from skyrocketing expenses. In addition, nearly 20,000 businesses will receive credits to help them afford insurance. I have long been a supporter of the 25 community health care centers in my district. These centers will now have the resources to provide primary care at an affordable cost. Our hospitals will also save tens of millions of dollars they now lose to unreimbursed care. I am proud to have done my part by voting for this health care reform bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Health Care. "Economists and health care professionals from across the political spectrum agree that we must reform our health care system. Colorado families and businesses being crushed by the outrageous cost of health care know that something must be done. I have worked to bring down costs for businesses, who see an ever increasing portion of revenue going toward insurance premiums for employees. These employers are facing the choices of firing workers or greatly reducing benefits packages. To this end, I have championed the SHOP Act, a bi-partisan bill that allows small employers to band together in negotiations with insurance companies, as well as the Equity for the Nation's Self-Employed Act, which creates fairness in the tax burdens placed on health insurance premiums for our smallest companies. Earlier this year I introduced and passed the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act, which repeals the special anti-trust exemption that health insurance companies have enjoyed since 1945, and will restore competition to the health insurance market to promote affordability, improved quality, and greater consumer choice in health plans. Make no mistake: every American in this country has some form of access to health care through our emergency rooms. This is expensive, unsustainable and highly inefficient. I am committed to making smart, fiscally responsible reforms to our health care system that will reduce costs and improve access to health care for Coloradans." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Betsy Markey supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 50 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Immigration. "Our immigration system is in a crisis. I do not support amnesty. I do support civility in the immigration discussion. Too often the debate is clouded by inflammatory rhetoric which hinders true immigration reform." (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. Issue Position: Immigration. "Our immigration system is in crisis. I do not support amnesty, but I do support civility in the immigration discussion. Too often the debate is clouded by inflammatory rhetoric which hinders true immigration reform. Our immigration system is in urgent need of reform. Current estimates suggest that there are as many as 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States today. These immigrants have become integrated into all aspects of our society, from our education system to the workforce. We need to find a solution for immigration reform which provides enhanced security on our borders, protects small businesses and the U.S. economy, and allows those who contribute to the economy to continue to do so. I believe workplace employee verification programs are essential, as we need to ensure that employers have the means to verify the status of their employees. In order for true reform to happen, we need to have a plan that includes both solutions for undocumented immigrants who are already residing in the U.S. as well as preventative measures that start at the border. We need to have a visa system in place that recognizes the positive impact immigrants have had, in addition to ensuring that important agricultural industries in Colorado can get the workers they need legally so that our crops are not dying in the fields. Finally, it is absolutely vital that we ensure our borders are protected and secure. To that end, I support increased funding for border security so that our agents have the resources they need to do their jobs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. Betsy Markey supported the interests of Peace Action West 38 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Betsy Markey voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Betsy Markey. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: Betsy Markey voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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